What is Sustainability?



The UN conference in 1987 defined sustainability, as a system of living that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable environment relies more on renewable resources like wood and sunlight and less on non-renewable materials like plastics made from oil. Burning oil to stay warm is not a good idea since oil is in limited supply and we have alternatives. 

Plants and animals have evolved with a system of bio- diversity that naturally maintains a balance in nature. Natural waste products nurture the earth and unnatural waste products destroy our delicate ecosystem that has taken billions of years to evolve. The concept of one species having more value than another is flawed. We are not the chosen ones and we were never removed from the Garden of Eden because of sexual misconduct or pride. We voluntarily left because we believed our sins would be forgiven if we forced creatures into submission and paid homage to the rulers of that time. This misguided trust lead us down a dead end path of social stagnation and lulled us into complacency. We accept media hype as we accept trickle economics. We are the sheep who follow the path of least resistance and blindly follow instructions of leaders that do not understand the responsibility of sustainable leadership.. 

Sustainability is based on the premise that no one organism or system should dominate another. Human beings violate this premise by consuming more resources from a location then can be reproduced in a reasonable period of time. �God Bless You Mr. Goldwater� released by Curt Vonnegut in 1965 is a classic fictional example of corporate greed destroying valuable real estate. A real version of Rosewater County is the RC Hooker Love Canal in Niagara, NY. Houses built on top of toxic waste dumps rapidly lose there value as water and air become contaminated. Mass produced products such as paper and plastic generate toxic waste byproducts that must be disposed of someplace. Unfortunately the short time advantages of waste disposal sites have long-term environmental consequences. 


Trash is a human invention that threatens our planets eco-systems. Thousands of miles of floating plastic waste swirl around in our oceans. Marine life and birds, ingest it, and die. Large corporations clear forests to create arable farmlands in third world countries. A few jobs are created, but rainforests absorb excess CO2 and moderate climatic extremes. The roots of trees hold the forest floor together. Without them run off wastewater not only causes erosion but also destroys the natural habitats upon which many life forms depend. Nature has designed waste products to become food for other organism. The notion that we are somehow on top of the food chain and isolated from nature is not only ridiculous, but also dangerous. 
Nature is based on balance. Too much of any one thing upsets the balance. Overusing limited clean water resources for agriculture can turn fertile soils into infertile deserts. Overpopulation encourages mass food producers to profit at the expense of the environment. Clean air and water and fertile soil, and Basic Human Needs are sacrificed for a statistic known as the Gross National Product. When people isolate themselves from nature they become alienated from themselves and the world around them. An increasing population that demands more food and more non-renewable energy and more space to dump trash is unsustainable. 




Global_Warming is a scientific fact. The icecaps are melting. Costal flooding will become more common as weather patterns change, but global warming is only a small part of a much larger problem. It's a sign that something is wrong. Declaring war on countries to exploit their resources will not avert droughts and famines and epidemics. �To the victor belongs the spoils� may have been true in the days of Julius Caesar, but our planet has become smaller since that time. 


The EPA was formed to address the concerns of rapid population growth as well as the consumption demands that followed. At first the EPA was focused on controlling pollution but the emphasis has now changed from controlling to preventing the causes of pollution. Science and technology are used to protect human health and promote green energy business. . Clean Energy , Sustainable Water Research , Green Chemistry , Waste Minimization , Pollution Prevention , Green Buildings and  Green Homes are now all part of the EPA program




    



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